“Easy money” is like a unicorn when it comes to work: everyone wants it, many platforms promise it, but it is rare to find it outside of fairy tales. But we have good news for you: 15 ways to earn extra money to do it without having to quit your plant job. For this list, we consider the value of the time invested, if the work takes time to start generating a profit or if it only gives you a little cash, we decided not to include it. From selling your photos to watching movie trailers to housekeeping, here’s a rundown of the easiest ways to earn extra money in your spare time.
- Exchange your e-wallets for money
Search your wallets, bags, and drawers, and you’re bound to find some forgotten gift cards. You may even have received some Christmas gifts that you are not going to use, or that you simply prefer to exchange for money. On sites like CardKangaroo and Raise you can exchange your e-wallets for an amount of money that can be transferred directly to your PayPal account. An iTunes card of $ 500 pesos can give you about $ 300 pesos in CardKangaroo.
- Check if there is no money that belongs to you in any institution
When people leave money with financial institutions or companies (such as savings accounts, security deposits, taxes, etc.) the government runs an unclaimed property program and a series of global accounts. There are billions of pesos unclaimed there, so it would be a good idea to do a search in the Treasury, in banking institutions, in savings funds and retirement funds.
- Sell your photos
On websites like Shutterstock, iStock, Getty Images, and Adobe Stock, you can apply to become a contributor, upload your photos, and earn money when someone buys a photo that belongs to you. In terms of money, you can earn 15% of the value of your photo on iStock, 20% on Getty Images, 20% on Shutterstock, and 33% on Adobe Stock. Just remember to read the fine print in the contract to fully understand the exclusivity clauses (there are companies that prohibit uploading the same photo on different platforms).
- Drive in your free hours
Would you like to drive when you have time? Consider driving people to their destinations with car-sharing apps like Uber, Cabify, or DiDi. If you would rather be a courier rather than a driver, you can sign up for messaging and / or food delivery platforms.
- There are always weird jobs to do …
In the United States, there is a platform called TaskRabbit that connects people who offer services such as building a table, mounting a screen, uploading furniture, etc., with people who need that service. Tasks are paid by the hour worked and TaskRabbit delivers 15% of the total pay to the worker. In Mexico there is a somewhat similar platform but that offers different vacancies such as capturista, office assistant, waiter, bar tender, etc. Apli allows you to upload your profile and apply for vacancies with flexible hours that are on its portal.
- Take care of children and / or dogs
If you like children, you can always consider the idea of offering your services as a babysitter or nanny on your nights off, it can be with your friends and family, or looking for opportunities with acquaintances and on social networks. But now there is also the opportunity to take care of dogs, either for a few hours to take them out for a walk, or taking care of them while their owners go out of town. You can register your profile on platforms such as PaseaPerros.com and hostapet.com and earn extra money taking care of pets.
- Write app reviews
There are sites like UserTesting.com that pay you money to share your ideas about the user experience for different applications and websites. After registering and answering a very short test, you will be invited to open different websites that will record your screen and your voice as you browse them and describe your experience. Some of the clients of this platform are Apple, Adobe and Facebook, and for each session of 20 minutes that you finish, you earn $ 10 dollars.
- Sell your old cell phones and gadgets
On sites like Decluttr and Gazelle you can turn your old gadgets like phones, tablets and computers into money. In the United States, a 256-gigabyte iPhone 8 Plus can sell for about $ 400 at Decluttr, even with a couple of scratches. You can also sell video game consoles that you no longer use, DVDs, CDs, and books.
- Sell your clothes
Do a deep cleaning of your closet and sell what you find (that is, what you always say you are going to use but never use). There are many platforms where you can sell your clothes like GoTrendier, Shopify and Mercado Libre, or in the sales groups on Facebook.
- Sell everything you don’t use
Follow with the Marie Kondo cleaning and when you get to the KOMONO pass (everything that is miscellaneous) sell the things that are still useful but that no longer have a place in your house. You can offer